Sc.B. in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineering is a dynamic and growing field that applies engineering principles to the fields of biology and medicine. Biomedical engineers design new drugs; genetically engineered organisms; medical implants; and medical instruments. They also use their understanding of biology to re-invent man-made materials and products.
The biomedical engineering curriculum at Brown prepares students for careers in biomedical engineering and biotechnology, as well as careers in diverse areas such as medicine, law, business, and health care delivery. BME students master the fundamentals of both the physical sciences and life sciences, and learn to apply these principles to a broad spectrum of problems in biomedical engineering.
The biomedical engineering program is administered jointly by the Division of Biology and Medicine and the School of Engineering under the umbrella of the Center for Biomedical Engineering. Students have access to the programs and facilities of both departments as well as Brown's affiliated hospitals. This structure makes biomedical engineering a unique program at Brown, and enables students to participate in a range of exciting interdisciplinary research projects.
The concentration has the following general structure:
- The interdisciplinary core program for biomedical engineering, taken in the first four semesters. The BME core shares much of the content of the other engineering programs, but includes additional courses in biology and chemistry, and has a different focus in mathematics.
- Four required upper-engineering courses;
- Three biomedical engineering electives;
- A capstone design course;
- Four approved courses in the humanities and social sciences.
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Sample course plan (for requirements see the University Bulletin)
|I||ENGN 0030||Introduction to Engineering|
|MATH 0190||AP Calculus (Physics/Engineering)|
|CHEM 0330||Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure|
|II||ENGN 0040||Dynamics and Vibrations|
|MATH 0200||Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)|
|BIOL 0200*||The Foundation of Living Systems|
|III||APMA 0330||Methods of Applied Mathematics I|
|BIOL 0800||Principles of Physiology|
|ENGN 0510||Electricity and Magnetism|
|CHEM 0350||Organic Chemistry|
|APMA 0650||Essential Statistics|
|V||ENGN 0810||Fluid Mechanics|
|ENGN 1230||Instrumentation Design|
|VI||ENGN 1110||Transport and Biotransport Processes|
|Biomedical Engineering Elective #1||(3 of 12 listed courses)|
|VII||ENGN 1930L||Biomedical Engineering Design, Research, and Modeling|
|Biomedical Engineering Elective #2||(3 of 12 listed courses)|
|VIII||Biomedical Engineering Elective #3||(3 of 12 listed courses)|
|ENGN 1970 *||Independent Research/Design|
|† A minimum of four electives must be in the humanities and social sciences.|
|* NEUR 0100 The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience may be substituted for BIOL 0200|